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EMBO Workshop

The evolution of animal genomes

13 – 17 September 2021 | Virtual

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  • Registration Deadline
  • Closed
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • Closed
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2021

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About the Workshop

Mutations are the ultimate source of genomic and phenotypic diversity. Such variation withstands the extraordinary capacity of animal species to adapt to distinct habitats and environmental conditions. The impact of genomic variability on species evolution is a matter that has fascinated but also puzzled the scientific community for decades, partly due to technical limitations on the reconstruction and interpretation of entire genomes. With the advent of long-range sequencing and proximity-ligation methods, such as Hi-C, error-free chromosome-resolved genome assemblies are finally at hand. Such technological development, in combination with CRISPR/Cas genome engineering and single-cell approaches, has propelled the field of evolutionary genetics into an unprecedented era of discovery that leverages on massive information about genome sequence and its underlying function. As a result, novel mechanisms of gene regulation are steadily emerging, supporting a transition from a classical gene-centered interpretation, to a multi-component approach that endorses the crucial role of non-coding regulatory sequences, 3D spatial organization or transposable elements in genome function. Thus, the so-called “Genomics Era” represents an ongoing conceptual and technological revolution that is central to understand developmental processes in the context of evolution.

This EMBO Workshop will bring together internationally recognized scientists with distinct, but complementary, expertise in interpreting the effects of genomic variability. The combination of such aspects allows a comprehensive overview that goes from fundamental principles encoded in genomes to their ultimate biological significance on the formation of living, evolving organisms.

The DNA Zoo consortium will celebrate a satellite meeting right after the conclusion of the EMBO workshop (17 September, 18:45 CEST). This meeting includes additional talks and a “hands-on” interactive session on genome assembly. Registration for this event is not required and all EMBO workshop participants will be able to access directly to it through the event platform.

For more information on the “DNA Zoo Satellite Meeting” program, please click here.

About EMBO Courses and Workshops

EMBO Courses and Workshops are selected for their excellent scientific quality and timelines, provision of good networking activities for all participants and speaker gender diversity (at least 40% of speakers must be from the underrepresented gender).

Organisers are encouraged to implement measures to make the meeting environmentally more sustainable.





The times in the programme below are indicated in Central European Summer Time (CEST; eg. Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris)

These times correspond to morning-afternoon in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT; eg. New York, Quebec).

To find out the equivalent time zone in your location, enter Berlin, the CEST programme time and your city into the Time Zone Converter.



  • Registration Deadline
  • Closed
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • Closed
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 16 July 2021
  • Payment Deadline
  • 30 July 2021



Registration includes:

  • Access to recorded sessions and all live events
  • Online abstract book


Participants will be directed to pay through an external website run through the MDC. Upon acceptance participants will be sent an email containing information about payment details. The following types of payment options will be available: Credit card, direct transfer, PayPal, Direct debit, and invoice.

Selection criteria

The main criteria for participant selection will be the scientific quality and research relevance to the workshop’s themes as judged by the submitted abstract.

We will take special care to achieve a balanced distribution of participants, considering a diverse representation of countries, career stages, and genders.

Participant selection will be decided by the meeting organizers:

  • Darío G. Lupiáñez, BIMSB/MDC, Germany
  • Manuel Irimia, CRG, Spain
  • Fernando Casares, CABD, Spain

In addition, each session contains short talks that will be selected from the submitted abstracts by the organizers. Whenever possible we will attempt to showcase scientific results from earlier stage researchers.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts are expected to mostly describe unpublished work. Altogether abstracts should not exceed 300 words (incl. any citations). Please make sure full authors’ names and affiliations are included, and indicate if you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation.

Poster specifications

A0 format, (841 x 1189 mm), portrait orientation

Registration Fee Waivers

A limited number of registration fee waivers are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for fee waivers for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a fee waiver. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants.

The EMBO registration fee waivers are allocated by the organisers on the basis of the quality of the abstract submitted, with priority given to participants of any nationality working in laboratories in: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey, as well as from EMBC Associate Member States Chile, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

All applicants have to justify the reasons for applying for a fee waiver. Organisers may consider to award fee waivers to applicants from lower income economies.

In addition, The Spanish Society for Evolutionary Biology (SESBE) also offers registration fee waivers for members of the society that wish to participate in the workshop. SESBE members do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the SESBE board of directors and the workshop organizers. More information about the society can be found at the SESBE page.

Child care grant

EMBO Courses and Workshops offers grants to offset additional child care costs incurred by participants or speakers when participating at any EMBO Courses and Workshop funded meeting. Eligible costs include fees for a caregiver or child-care facility, travel costs for a caregiver, or travel costs for taking the child to the meeting etc. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to be considered for the grant. Please also describe how you intend to use the child care grant and specify the sum that you will need.



Darío G. Lupiáñez; Timkehet Teffera; Lien Dettmann


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